Lessons Learned March 2017

Albuquerque NM, Spring Comments Off on Lessons Learned March 2017
Mar 132017

Albuquerque seems to have turned the corner. Spring is bustin' out all over and those of us who love to dig in the dirt are itching to start planting. In the city, it looks like sheltered areas will support planting now. Of course, it's a bit early and there's always a chance of a frost. I have a little plot of land at my apartment that is sheltered from winds and gets a good bit of sun so I think I'm ok to get started. On the other hand, if you live on the mountain like my daughter does, you may want to wait a bit longer because there's still frost in the mornings up there.

I've put in top soil and mulch for this pocket handkerchief sized personal garden here where I'm living. I'mGarden Plot getting ready to plant bush green beans and perhaps a tomato plant this weekend.  If you want to do this, I suggest you get something called Inoculate to prep the bean seeds. I'd never heard about it, but apparently, it gives the bean seeds an extra shot of energy to get started.

Meanwhile, whether you're itching to start gardening like me or just want to enjoy the quickening of nature that has begun, take some time to enjoy.


American Freedom

Business - Not As Usual, That's Life Comments Off on American Freedom
Jan 282017

Statue of Liberty Inscription

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Author: Emma Lazarus

I wonder….do we need to tear down the Statue of Liberty? Or  blot out the inscription? Or, at very least, amend it to eliminate all those undesirables that are currently being discriminated against? 

Are we still the land of the free and the home of the brave?



amateur gardener

Condo Living, That's Life Comments Off on amateur gardener
May 062015

Tomato-5_7Those who have read my blog over the years know that I have a passion for gardening.

Nope, I don't pretend to have a green thumb or anything like that. And I generally have very little space – either in my Oak Park condominium or my Albuquerque apartment. But, I have learned that I can enjoy growing plants in pots and they generally do quite nicely.

Here is that tomato plant started in late March. It is doing quite nicely. I think I should have tomatoes by July and will be happy to share them with my friends when they ripen.

The smaller pot holds plants that are fun – even for children…two grapefruit "trees" and a potato plant share that small space. I expect I need to repot them in the next day or two. If you'd like to try this experiment with your children, just cut out the eyes of a potato plant or save out a seed or two from a grapefruit and pop them into some potting soil. Give them as much sunlight as you can. Then watch them grow.


Twiggy - Cat Teaches Appreciation

Seniors, That's Life Comments Off on Twiggy – Cat Teaches Appreciation
Apr 122015

Twiggy is as happy in Albuquerque as she was in Chicago. In fact, it doesn't take much to keep her happy…a bowl of water, a bowl of food and a clean litter box.

Some people prefer dogs. WhilTwiggy-Sleepinge I've had several dogs in the past, I've come to appreciate the mellow disposition of cats.

They are the perfect pets for those of us who spend time doing crafts or writing. And they're perfect pets for those of us who have arrived at the point in our lives when we can finally learn that life doesn't have to be busy all the time. They remind us that quiet time is time to connect with our inner selves – a time to appreciate who we are rather than just what we do.

I recommend that those who are adjusting to an empty nest, consider a cat to fill the void.

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